Uttarkashi Current Affairs - 2020
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The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has launched 22 permanent global positioning system (GPS) stations across India to identify seismically hazardous zones and encourage mapping activities.
These 22 stations are part of the 35 stations planned by GSI to establish and maintain a network of continuously operating 35 permanent GPS stations.
Fact Box: Bhuvisamvad
Bhuvisamvad is an app launched by the Ministry of Mines to facilitate interaction between geo-scientists and university and college students.
22 stations inaugurated are based at Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Pune, Dehradun, Chennai, Jabalpur, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar Vishakhapatnam, Agartala, Itanagar, Mangan, Jammu, Lucknow, Nagpur, Shillong and Little Andaman.
13 More Stations Would come up at Aizawl, Faridabad, Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Cooch Behar, Zawar, North Andaman, Middle Andaman, South Andaman, Ranchi, Mangalore, Imphal and Chitradurga.
These stations are meant to delineate high strain zones for earthquake probability, determine a seismic motion on faults that may lead to a rupture and produce thematic maps with high positional accuracy.
Geological Survey of India
Geological Survey of India (GSI) was established in 1851 primarily to find coal deposits for the Railways. Over the years GSI has not only grown into a repository of geoscience information required in various fields in the country but has also attained the status of a geo-scientific organisation of international repute.
The main functions of GSI attached to the Ministry of Mines is to create and update of national geoscientific information and mineral resource assessment through ground surveys, airborne and marine surveys, mineral prospecting and investigations, multi-disciplinary geoscientific, geotechnical, geo-environmental and natural hazards studies, glaciology, seismotectonic study, and carrying out fundamental research.
Tags: Agartala • Aizawl • Bhopal • Bhubaneswar • Bhuvisamvad
The Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has launched Gangotri Swachh Iconic Place project and Swajal, a community owned drinking water programme in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
These both projects will create cleanliness, provide basic amenities to the people of Ganga bank villages and will also generate employment. Moreover, Bagori Ganga Gram’ project was also announced for Bagori village, which was declared open defecation free (ODF).
New Swajal Project
The project was inaugurated at Bagori. It is community owned drinking water programme for sustained drinking water supply. It has budgetary support of more than Rs. 32 lakh.
Gangotri Swachh Iconic Place project
It aims to make Gangotri as Swachh Iconic Place (SIP). For this, CSR funds of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) will be used for making Gangotri SIP. The SIP project is coordinated by Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation (MDWS), in collaboration with Union Ministries of Housing & Urban Affairs, Tourism, Culture, state governments, municipal and local agencies.
Bagori Ganga Gram project
The project is a solid and liquid waste management scheme with total expense of Rs 11.88 lakh. Bagori is one of 24 pilot Ganga Villages chosen to be transformed into Ganga Grams this year.
Tags: Bagori Ganga Gram project • Gangotri Swachh Iconic Place project • Government Schemes • National • Swajal Programme